Banknotes & Counterfeit Deterrence

Every country has legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images. The counterfeiting of currency is a crime, and while restrictions vary from country to country, in some countries, any reproduction of banknote images – even for artistic or advertising uses – is strictly forbidden. Even in countries that allow some limited use of banknote images, there are specific rules and requirements. This website will provide you with information about reproducing banknote images and links to country-specific websites for further guidance.

While the overall economic losses to society from counterfeiting of currency are generally limited, the victims who suffer the most harm are individuals and businesses, because no one reimburses those who accept counterfeit notes. Counterfeit currency can also undermine confidence in the payment system, making the public uncertain about accepting cash for transactions.

The Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG) is responsible for this website. A counterfeit deterrence system (CDS) has been developed by the CBCDG to deter the use of personal computers, digital imaging equipment, and software in the counterfeiting of banknotes. The CDS has been voluntarily adopted by hardware and software manufacturers, and prevents personal computers and digital imaging tools from capturing or reproducing the image of a protected banknote. The technology does not have the capacity to track the use of a personal computer or digital imaging tools.

For information specific to a particular country or the banknote image you want to use, click on the appropriate region on the map or select the relevant country or currency from the list.



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TRY - Turkish Lira Turkey Turkish

Official bank or department:

Contact information:


Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Head Office
Istiklal Cad. 10
06100 Ankara

Tel.: +90 312 310 3646
Fax: +90 312 312 4308

The Reproduction and publication of pictures and images of banknotes

Low dpi banknote images

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:

Reproduction in printed media:

A banknote may be reproduced if at least one of the following criteria is met:

  • One-sided reproductions are less than 75% or more than 125% of the size of the original banknote.
  • Double-sided reproductions are less than 50% or more than 200% of the size of the original banknote.
  • The reproduction is printed on a material other than paper (e.g. metal).

Reproduction in electronic media:

For publicly accessible digital images, a reproduction of a banknote must meet both of the following criteria:

  • The resolution of the image is 72 dpi or less.
  • The wording "ÖRNEKTİR GEÇMEZ" or "SPECIMEN" is printed diagonally across the reproduction in Arial (or similar) font, with the length of that wording at least 75% of the length of the reproduction and the height of the wording at least 15% of the height of the reproduction. Further information is available via the link “Reproduction and publication of pictures and images of banknotes”.